Upcoming IMTF – Teaching during COVID-19

Mark your calendars for the upcoming Independent Music Teachers Forum!

On Friday, November 6th from 10:00-11:30 am, Suzanne Newcomb, IMTF chair, will lead a lively discussion about teaching during our historic COVID-19 quarantine. We’ll talk about what has worked with our students online and what hasn’t. Discussion topics will include technology that is helpful for the most effective lessons, teaching materials that have achieved success, and how to appropriately check in on the mental health and well-being of your students during this challenging time. Breakout rooms will be utilized for smaller group discussions. Our unique group of district teachers will be able to have an exchange of ideas as well as some much needed fellowship. Click on the link below to join us!

Zoom Link IMTF Nov 6

Or enter Meeting ID = 832-0712-3880

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Suzanne Newcomb, NCTM, Independent Music Teachers Forum Chairman


Join us Oct. 30 for a Workshop with Pianist George Lopez

Friday, October 30, 2020
9:00 AM on Zoom

Meeting ID: 975 905 6011
Passcode: Piano

“The Eyes have it!”
Important facets of eye movement in beginning to advanced piano playing to improve sight reading and technique featuring George Lopez.

Pianist George Lopez, Bowdoin College’s Robert Beckwith Artist in Residence, has been a dedicated and dynamic performer, educator, and lecturer for 30 years. Known in Europe, South America and the US for his “…kaleidoscopic colors and clarity of conception…” (LA Times) in the standard repertoire as well as being a champion of newly written works, Mr. Lopez is also comfortable in styles of music ranging from jazz, ragtime to more contemporary styles of improvisation. His 2019-2020 concert season has included tours of New England and New York, the Bay Area, Seattle, New Orleans, Boulder, Colorado, Vermont, Massachusetts, Mexico, with concerts in Switzerland and Italy this summer. He was invited to Cuba just before the embargo was lifted to give masterclasses and concerts as a member of the Aries Trio. Mr. Lopez initiated his “Music in the Museum” series at Bowdoin College that consistently sells out to audiences who enjoy his creative and engaging lecture recitals on the relationship of music to art and ideas.

He has taken up the baton and built up the all-student Bowdoin College Orchestra which performs full symphonic programs each semester. He resides in Brunswick, Maine.

This information can also be found on our website:

Workshop with Pianist George Lopez

Fall Conference with Jane K. Reed – September 25


   Friday, September 25, 2020 9:30AM-11:00AM

Online via Zoom


Meeting ID: 826 8772 4936                Passcode: 016790

Inspire the Desire to Learn with Jane K. Reed

What if your students would come into your studio eager to learn? Children are excited about learning when they are actively involved in the process.  They engage when they believe learning is happening “through” them rather than “to” them. Join this session to discover refreshing and motivating teaching strategies that re-ignite learning through curiosity, inquiry and self-directed learning.

Jane K. Reed is an internationally recognized Suzuki Piano Teacher Trainer, Piano Educator and Motivational Speaker from Greenville, SC.  After earning a degree in piano performance from the University of Findlay, she found her calling in Piano Pedagogy.  As she teaches throughout the US and other countries, she dedicates herself to promoting finer education for students, teachers and parents through deeper thinking, validated learning skills and building meaningful relationships between the child, parent and teacher.

She and her husband founded Solutionary Insights, an educational business dedicated to Nurturing Thinking Minds.  The unique signature of this business is the intertwining of the respect of the value of individuals, the belief that all are capable of excellence, and the resolve that fine and purposeful teaching and parenting develops outstanding abilities.

Sponsored by the Central East Ohio District of Music Teachers Association

Ashley Wise and Theresa – Murphy-Co-Chairs